Police responding to shots fired leads to two arrests

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – Two individuals were arrested after a report of gunshots being fired. Officers followed the suspect’s vehicle as he left the town of Etna Green. After officers pulled the suspect over, they found methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded shortly before noon Friday to the 200 block of West Railroad Street in response to a 911 call of a male subject that had discharged a weapon. Officers located the suspect’s vehicle and followed northbound on State Road 19 for a substantial time, according to a press release from Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.

Officers took custody of Phillip Charles Stewart, 36, of South Bend and his passenger Iris Patricia Hanson, 31 of Elkhart, after Stewart pulled over near the area of CR 600 N.

During the traffic stop, a small, clear bag containing methamphetamine was found along with 9mm handgun and $600 cash inside the vehicle.

Officers were able to determine that there had been an argument at a location on West Railroad Street regarding an exchange of money. Apparently, the argument escalated and Stewart became irate and discharged his handgun before fleeing the scene. It was discovered that a parked vehicle in the block had been shot by a firearm seven times, according to the press release.

Stewart was arrested and is facing charges of felony intimidation with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and dealing methamphetamine.

Hanson was arrested and charged with theft. It was also discovered she had an outstanding warrant issued from St. Joesph County.

Stewart and Hanson are both being held in Kosciusko County Jail.